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The Gift of Gratitude

I love growing giant pumpkins. The only problem is, I stink at it.

This year at The Grove, we had a bumper crop of organic lemons and our avocados did pretty well too.

But on the small patch of soil in our backyard in San Clemente that's designated as our pumpkin patch, I couldn't grow one stinkin' pumpkin this past summer. I did get a nice...

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What is AT STAKE if You Don't Create?

In every great story or tale, something is at stake.

Let me repeat that: Something urgent and desperate is at stake.

If Indiana Jones doesn't stop the Nazis, the whole world is doomed to destruction.

If Luke Skywalker doesn't blow up the Death Star, the Empire will rule the galaxy.

If Wonder Woman doesn't defeat Ares, the god of war,...

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The Art of Authenticity - Jim Carrey - I Needed Color

 

"I think that what makes someone an artist is that they make models of their inner life. They make something physically come into being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs. I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it. Nobody tells you what you can or can't do..."
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Why are You an Artist?

I have two questions for you today.

And I will keep it very simple...

The first is, "Why are you an artist?"

How you answer this question will say a lot about you. 

Your identity. Your sense of vocation and calling. Your purpose. The aim and focus of your life.

The second question, for many of you, is a much more dangerous question.

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How Creative Flow Impacts Your Art

 
(Play the video above to learn more about creative flow.)

Do you feel stuck, blocked, and frustrated by your lack of artistic output?

If so, you're not alone.

On the other hand, if you're riding a wave of great creative flow, living in the optimal experience of hitting your artistic goals, and producing art on a...

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The Way of Weakness

Are you traveling the way of weakness?

It's a path many of us do not want to take. Nor willingly choose. Or want to be dragged down.

When I was a kid, I vividly remember reading ads in the back of my comic books that warned me not to be a skinny weakling who got sand kicked in my face at the beach.

This was really important advice for me because...

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Living at the Pace of Grace

The past month has been very difficult.

It's one of those times as a parents that Krista and I would wish upon no one.

More tears and heartache with one of our four children — yes, a teenager — than we've ever experienced in our lives.

I'll save the details for now, but suffice to say, all the grief, the tears, the waiting, and the...

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What is the Source of Your Creative Flow?

I love and long for being in a creative flow. 

On a good day of writing, I can get in a zone for hours immersed in my work, completely enjoying what is before me. It's a lovely state where distractions are distant and time disappears.

When I am in a creative flow, it is like scuba diving where I pop on my mask, zip up my wetsuit,...

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How Artists can Cultivate Faith over Fear

As an artist, is fear consuming all your spiritual, emotional and creative energy? Does fear have you sidelined instead of seeking everything your heart desires for creating your art with meaning and purpose? Maybe it's not outright fear you struggle with as an artist, but it's the familiar themes of worry, anxiety, and...

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Cultivating a Rich Emotional Landscape

What if you're a painter and I only gave you one color, say yellow, to paint with?

What if you're a photographer and I only gave you one subject, say buildings, to shoot?

What if you're a writer and I only gave you one topic, say Gorgonzola cheese, to write about?

What if you're a musician and I only gave you one note, say a G#, to play on your...

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